car rental

The trend to rent a car while travelling, especially interstate, instead of using an own vehicle is continuing to gain momentum. There are a few reasons, and one of them has no short-term solution. In a country as large as Australia with such a small population, it is difficult for governments of any persuasion to provide super quality roads that must of necessity cover such vast distances. To have these roads and bridges regularly damaged or destroyed completely by floods and cyclones are a major on-going transport challenge.

Couple that with some of the horrendous accidents that innocent travellers are involved in on our interstate highways, and it is no wonder that people are looking for alternatives to the traditional road trip. Flying in and out of a destination, and using a hire car to get around while there, is proving to be a much safer and more convenient alternative. Car rental companies are offering discounts and deals that make the industry very competitive and this is also a major attraction.

Special Deals Draw Travellers to Hire Cars

Some hire companies offer special deals to encourage people to hire their vehicles in off-peak times such as a Sunday or Monday. If travellers can change their arrangements to fit in with these deals they can save as much as ten percent off the total car hire price for three days. Other companies offer a travel partner to be a co-driver for free, and others offer free tyre and windscreen protection. All special deals have conditions attached, so travellers should make sure to check the fine print before committing to anything.

With small cars being offered for hire at around $29 a day, mid-range vehicles from $42 a day and a “people mover” eight seater at $69 a day, these competitive rates have brought hire cars within the reach of the average person. They are no longer the exclusive province of business people with expense accounts. Customers who require additional extras, such as Sat Navs and baby seats, are being offered capped rates so the costs don’t escalate. With all these inducements and such transparent pricing, the astute traveller can plan a journey and budget for the costs up front.

Insurance charges also offer options and choices to reduce the renter’s liability. Packages offer an optional excess waiver that reduces financial liability in case of an accident to zero. At a cost of $38 a day and capped at $570 per rental, this could be an effective option for a longer term rental. An optional Collision Damage Liability can also be taken out to reduce financial responsibility for multi-vehicle accidents to $550 for over 25s and $1100 for under 25s. All these charges are on a sliding scale and reduce per day the longer the vehicle is being rented.

Renting a car while travelling is a very convenient way of getting to a destination, and with the rental and insurance costs now so competitive, there is no reason for the average traveller not to try it out.